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Afraid of pain meds

edited 11/24/2014 - 4:34 AM in Pain Medications
I have had chronic cervical and lumbar issues for years and have managed with ibuprofen and Tylenol. Lots of addiction in my family so afraid of narcotics. Just had a cervical fusion surgery as I was tired of the pain. Stopped meds within five days post op, but now that I'm released from my collar at 6 weeks my pain is pretty bad. I haven't even started PT just household stuff.

I would appreciate insights on less intense pain meds to get through PT, etc. still think the surgery was worth it, but need to manage my pain.


  • I also have addiction in my family and my mother became so addicted that it killed her at only 55. She had chronic pain and many back surgeries and was over medicating herself. Needless to say, when I found myself with back problems and needing pain meds, I freaked. the meds are extreme ly helpful, but I'm only taking pdescribed dosages and am hyper aware of addiction dangers. Maybe being scared of these is a good thing. I refuse to go down the same road my mom did. Be smart and careful ♥
  • I have problems with my neck also and I had fusion surgery also. After having my collar off also, the pain was horrid. I suggest you talk to your doctor. You may need to use other options to help with the muscle pain and nerve pain. If you can control the pain other ways, you may be able to get away with not needing narcotics. I am personally on cyclobenzaprine(flexural) and gabapentin 300 mg. Different meds will work for different people. Just don't forget to talk to your neurosurgeon because if they don't know you are having pain, they cant help you. I'm sure you have heard most of this before.
    Tracie C
  • I also have addiction in my family, and have stayed away from narcotics as long as possible in the treatment of my complicated and severely painful lumbar issues. I have had success with Tramadol (Ultram) for almost two years. It's recently been reclassified, but I don't view it as a narcotic. I used to take one 50mg pill in the AM to get me going. It helped with the morning pain. Occasionally, I would need a second in the evening if I had a very active day. I have now progressed, as I'm having an active flare with acute pain, and needed something stronger. Dr. gave me Tylenol 3 (with Codeine). I know it's a narcotic, but very mild in that regard. Hoping to d/c it very soon. Good luck to you. Please make sure to explain your situation completely to your doctor. they should be able to work with you.
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